The Deadliest Job in America is, claimed to be crab fishing on the Bering Sea. A good season can make one man a year’s salary in just a few days! With forty-foot waves, 700 pound crab pots, freezing temperatures and your mortality staring you in the face…this job ranks as one of the deadliest.
A fourth generation fisherman, Jake Anderson has always lived close to the sea. Born in Forks, Washington, he grew up in the fishing town of Anacortes, Washington, surrounded by generations of fishermen. Raised in this rich environment, Jake took to the sea at an early age with his uncle Brian Mavar.
At 17 he was fishing salmon off Bristol Bay in Alaska, at 20 he was on a trawler processor and at 25 he began pot fishing. Just one year later, he became a greenhorn on the F/V Northwestern.
His personality and charisma carried him from greenhorn to full-share deckhand to relief deck boss, under Captain Sig Hansen.
In 2010 Jake obtained his USCG Mate 1600-ton fishing license and Master 100-ton license with the goal of becoming captain of his own ship someday soon.
In 2013, after six years as part of Sig’s crew, Jake decided to leave the Northwestern behind for a chance to run the Kiska Sea. Although Jake gave the Kiska everything he had, the crew gave him no respect in return. After the disappointing season, Jake left the Kiska Sea and asked the Hansens for his old spot back on the Northwestern.
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